You walk into your university or college lecture and take a seat somewhere among the hundreds of seats available in the room. You turn on your laptop (or if you’re old-fashioned, take out a notebook and pen) and your professor comes stumbling in with a briefcase. As he sets up and starts lecturing, you notice that he’s speaking at a volume that’s probably only audible to the first two rows and he fidgets around, not even bothering to acknowledge the class. Your prof continues to rant on and on and no one in the lecture seems to be paying attention because the prof himself seems disinterested in the topic. Your mind begins to drift away and you become sucked into the world of social media (or if you’re ambitious, take a nap).
In my opinion, if high school and elementary teachers are required to attend teacher’s college before entering the school system as a teacher, why is that not required of professors? They are “teaching” as well nonetheless. If anything, they are providing more knowledge for those of us in university or college because this is potentially what we will be using to apply to our jobs in our future lives. If professors lack communication and teaching skills, why bother “teaching” a class if their content isn’t going to be absorbed properly?
I strongly push for professors taking some sort of teaching skills course in order to properly lecture to a class. This is why so many students skip class. I’ve gotten some quotes from my friends that they “learn better from the textbook than from the professor”. So what’s the use of the professor in this case? You are paying them for your education. They are the ones who should be held responsible for providing you with knowledge, and for this knowledge to be communicated effectively across to students. If professors could use some of the strategies learned in teacher’s college, I believe that learning would be more enjoyable for some in our upper years if profs were more approachable and enjoyable to listen to.
Do you think some professors should be taught how to teach?